• Mitchell High School sophomore Angel West was part of history Saturday, Feb. 2, when she represented the Mountaineers in the first North Carolina High School Athletic Association Women’s Invitational Wrestling Championships in Winston-Salem. (Photo submitted)
    Mitchell High School sophomore Angel West was part of history Saturday, Feb. 2, when she represented the Mountaineers in the first North Carolina High School Athletic Association Women’s Invitational Wrestling Championships in Winston-Salem. (Photo submitted)

Mitchell wrestler part of history

West finishes 4th in first Women’s Invitational Wrestling Championships

WINSTON-SALEM – Mitchell High School sophomore Angel West was part of history Saturday, Feb. 2, when she represented the Mountaineers in the first North Carolina High School Athletic Association Women’s Invitational Wrestling Championships in Winston-Salem.

“An event like this has been long overdue for the girls in North Carolina,” said Ed Duncan, Mitchell High School head wrestling coach. “Angel has hung in there all year as the only girl on the high school team, and she wrestled really well at the Invitational, which was some of her tougher matches this year.”

The NCHSAA, in conjunction with the North Carolina Chapter of U.S.A. Wrestling, hosted the inaugural tournament that featured 87 participants in 11 weight divisions.

“It one amazing experience and opportunity to be a part of it,” West said. “It takes encouragement, and a lot of guts to be a wrestler and I’m glad about how I performed.”

West lost a hard-fought opening-round match to Lee County High School’s Emma Tyndall in the 145-pound weight division. West then defeated East Chapel Hill High School’s Annika Nordby to advance to the consolation final, where she again lost to Tyndall.

“Being a female wrestler is something I didn’t think would work out,” West said. “But, once I started, I developed a bond with all my teammates, and they’re now my brothers. I’ve not won a lot of my matches, but the expert in anything was once a beginner. I might be the only girl on the entire team, but I love what I do, and I love my brothers.”

The NCHSAA Board of Directors this past December unanimously elected to have the tournament on a one-year trial basis. 

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to showcase what these young women in our state can do in the sport of wrestling,” said Que Tucker, NCHSAA commissioner. “We are grateful to have a partner in the North Carolina Chapter of U.S.A. Wrestling for such a wonderful event. We salute each of our participants for helping to blaze the trail for other female wrestlers in this state to follow and for their hard work this season.”

 

NCHSAA Women’s Wrestling Invitational Tournament Results

Saturday, Feb. 2

145 Division – Championship Quarterfinals

Emma Tyndall (Lee County, 5-19) won by fall over Angel West (Mitchell, 1-4) (Fall)

145 Division – Consolation First Round

Angel West (Mitchell, 1-4) received a bye

145 Division – Consolation Semifinals

Angel West (Mitchell, 1-4) won by fall over Annikka Nordby (East Chapel Hill, 10-22) (Fall)

145 Division – Consolation Finals

Emma Tyndall (Lee County, 5-19) won by fall over Angel West (Mitchell, 1-4) (Fall)

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